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Elliot Daly late try secures England win after titanic battle with Wales

OK, makes sense.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

2017 Six Nations: Best of social media from Round Two

And imperfect decision-making at key moments. Feel like I saw Finn Russell throw unnecessary offloads that went nowhere a couple of times in strong attacking positions, where they weren't on. (Admittedly he did an absolute beauty for stormy Seymour to set up that try). The fluffed conversion kick would be another example. Also I think they had a couple of opportunities to put three points on the board and didn't. Then again so did France.

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Taniela Tupou AKA Tongan Thor meets Liam Messam in a collision for the ages

On the contrary, this is EXACTLY the sort of thing I want to see people suspended for.

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Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

I wonder if this was Howley's reason for subbing him? Thought maybe he was starting to over-egg the aggro and could be a yellow card risk?

I'm scraping the rationale barrel really, just speculating. Because other than that I still can't wrap my head around the decision to remove Moriarty, who was arguably the best player on the field at the time. And I would include smashing the oppo playmaker as a positive.

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Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

Big fan of the old "already committed" defence, but it does not apply to Moriarty's tackle. You can clearly see him watching as Farell passes the ball and only then does he accelerate his run and smash him.

This is just a factual correction though. Even if we accept that it was late, it was still a majestic hit and a marvellous reaction from Farrell.

1 Week, 4 Days ago

Ross Moriarty's thumping late hit on Owen Farrell in Cardiff

No, I will not call you a one-eyes Englishman. I'll call you an objective observer of facts, accurately describing two different incidents.

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Taniela Tupou AKA Tongan Thor meets Liam Messam in a collision for the ages

I don’t have money. But what I do have is a bloody enormous body; a bloody enormous body that I have acquired over a very long all-you-can-eat buffet. A bloody enormous body that makes me a nightmare for people like you. If you let me run through now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will run straight at you, I will smash you, and I will send you flying.

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

It's not a new law. I posted the explanation further up but will put here as well, partly because I buggered up the italics on the previous attempt.

There are two different ways of grounding the ball for a try.

Law 22.1 (a):
"Player touches the ground with the ball
. A player grounds the ball by holding the ball and touching the ground with it, in in-goal. ‘Holding’ means holding in the hand or hands, or in the arm or arms. No downward pressure is required."

Lamerat was not holding the ball when it touched the ground. He had effectively lost control. No try.

The only times you'll see a try awarded with someone just touching the ball with a finger is when they pounce on a loose ball:
Law 22.1 (b):
"Player presses down on the ball
. A player grounds the ball when it is on the ground in the in-goal and the player presses down on it with a hand or hands, arm or arms, or the front of the player’s body from waist to neck inclusive."

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

PS

1 Week, 5 Days ago

Lopez helps France to edge Scotland after tight encounter in Paris

Oliver, you must have missed the memo. You're still allowed to take French players out in the air. That was an exemption built in to the law.

"The Lamerat try-non try. At first I thought it was a 50-50 call and was ok with the decision. Now that I've watched it again, it seems absurd. Especially when you compare that with a try like Yarde's against Australia, which was awarded."

Delighted to say, I can answer this question for you - it's because of the two different ways of grounding the ball for a try...

Law 22.1 (a):
"(a) Player touches the ground with the ball. A player grounds the ball by holding the ball and touching the ground with it, in in-goal. ‘Holding’ means holding in the hand or hands, or in the arm or arms. No downward pressure is required."

Lamerat was not holding the ball when it touched the ground. He had effectively lost control. No try.

Law 22.1 (b):
"Player presses down on the ball. A player grounds the ball when it is on the ground in the in-goal and the player presses down on it with a hand or hands, arm or arms, or the front of the player’s body from waist to neck inclusive."

So pouncing on a loose ball is different and this is why Yarde's try v Australia was awarded - https://youtu.be/6g40gMyGSfY?t=2m40s.

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